Here are the latest updates on Tata's upcoming new vehicles, ranging from the entry-level Maruti Alto-rival to the upcoming Tata Altroz, and all the SUVs in-between..
Tata Motors is all set to storm the Indian market with a surge of new vehicles in the times to come. Recently, the Indian carmaker launched a new SUV called the Tata Harrier and following this, Tata will unveil its new Tata Altroz hatchback, based on the 45x concept. Let's take a look at what the company will be launching in the Indian market in the near future:
1. Tata H2X (Hornbill)
Tata H2X was among the models that Tata brought to the Geneva Motor Show last year. When launched, the model will rival other SUV/crossover hybrids in our market like the tMaruti Ignis and Mahindra KUV100. Looking at Tata’s pricing strategy with its new launches, the upcoming crossover is expected to be very affordable, possibly becoming the most affordable model in its class. At the Geneva Motor Show, the H2X concept was revealed by Pratap Bose, the Head of Design at Tata. He also revealed that the production version of the H2X will keep 80 per cent of the concept design. We could also safely assume that the production version of the car will retain the high stance and muscular architecture shown on the concept.
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In all likeliness, the Tata H2X will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine used on the Tata Tiago. Undoubtedly, this unit will be BSVI-compliant to adhere to the strict emission norms which will be mandated by the time the H2X launched. Underpinned by Tata's Alfa Arc platform, the H2X will be available with both manual and automatic gearbox.
2. Tata Buzzard (Tata Cassini)
After the launch of Tata Harrier, Tata Motors announced that they were working on developing a larger version of this SUV with seven seats. Christened the Buzzard, the concept of the seven-seater Harrier was also introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. However, while the official name has not yet been confirmed, it is speculated it will be called Cassini when launched in India.
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The seven-seater Tata Buzzard will take various cues from the Harrier. For instance, it continues to use the Omega Arc platform which also underpins the Harrier. It will also shares the same 2.0-litre Kryotec engine sourced from FCA. However, to compensate for the larger dimension, the engine will be tuned to deliver higher power outputs. In terms of the appearance, the Buzzard will not diverge far from the original design of the Harrier.
One distinctive feature that will tell the Buzzard apart from the Harrier is its bulkier build. The Buzzard is 63 mm longer than the Harrier, which should also translate into a larger cabin and more space for the passengers onboard.
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3. Tata Altroz
The Tata Altroz is one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming models from Tata Motors in recent times. The car was born from the 45X concept which premiered back in 2018 at the Auto Expo. The premium hatchback will lock horns with the segment-leading Maruti Baleno, along with the Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz when launched.
It will share the same platform with the H2X, the Afta Arc platform but get a choice of two engine options under the hood. The first engine option for the Tata Altroz will be a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and the second is 1.5-litre diesel engine, which also does duty on the Tata Nexon. There will be a choice of two engine options as well - a 5-speed manual gearbox and an AMT. What’s more, Tata Motors also holds an EV card under its sleeve. Also revealed at the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show, the electric version of the new Altroz is expected to launch by 2020. Reports suggest that the Tata Altroz EV might get a driving range between 250 – 300km.
4. Tata Blackbird
With its recent slew of launches, Tata Motors now has two models slotted in the SUV segment – the Tata Harrier and Tata Nexon. However, Tata Motors isn't done yet and will continue to expand their SUV range with another model which is in the works. Codenamed Blackbird, the new SUV will be positioned above the Nexon and below the Harrier. in the model hierarchy Along with the Altroz and H2X, the Alfa platform will also underpin the Tata Blackbird. This will also make it the first car from Tata that is longer than four meters, yet uses the relatively budget-friendly platform.
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Under the hood, the Blackbird is also likely to receive the same engines from the Nexon - a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 1.5-litre diesel engine. Instead of a hybrid powertrain, the Blackbird will get an EV version and when launched, will take on the Maruti S-Cross and Nissan Kicks.
5. Tata’s Maruti Altro-rival
At the moment the Tata Tiago is the smallest and most affordable model that Tata has in its model line-up, with starting price of INR 4.27 lakh. However, Tata is working on a smaller car than the Tiago, likely to be called either the Pixel or the Pelican. If launched, this model will compete against Maruti Alto and Renault Kwid. The head of Tata Motors, Guenter Butschek has high hopes for this segment, looking at how the entry-level segment has a considerable share in the market. He also mentions that its would be a big miss for Tata to not tap into this particular high-potential segment.
It is speculated that Tata will continue to utilize the Alfa Arc platform for the new entry-level model, which will also be employed by a variety of small cars in Tata’s range such as Altroz, Tiago and Tigor.
6. Tata Tiago Facelift
The Tata Tiago is the most affordable car in Tata’s range for now and the company is planning to launch a new facelifted version within months. The update includes both exterior and interior changes. On the outside, the Tiago will get a refreshed front fascia with a revised grille, new bumper and the new swept-back headlights. It might also share some design cues with the upcoming Altroz.
Notably, on the upcoming version, Tata Tiago will no longer be available with a diesel engine. Reportedly, the Tiago will only come with the BSVI-compliant 1.2-litre three-cylinder Revotron petrol engine that will produce a peak power output of 83 bhp and maximum torque of 114Nm. This engine will be mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox.
7. Tata Harrier With AWD and AT
At launch, Tata Motors has pointed out the low demand for 4WD in the SUV segment was the reason the Harrier did not come with a 4WD option. However, now, it seems that they have a had change of heart and a surge in demand for the same. Considering the need of Tata Safari owners to upgrade to a better equipped vehicle with AWD system, Tata will provide a 4WD version of the Tata Harrier.
As promised, Tata Motors will soon be launching an automatic version of the Harrier. For its transmission duties, the new SUV will get a 6-speed torque converter sourced from Hyundai.
8. Tata Nexon Facelift
Another model from Tata that will also receive a facelift soon is the Tata Nexon. The baby SUV now holds an important status in Tata’s range after becoming the model from the company to receive a 5-star safety rating in the NCAP crash test in the sub-four-meter compact segment. While the Tata Nexon has picked up in sales, competition in this space is escalating as well. Due to the entry of the new models such as Mahindra XUV300 or the upcoming Hyundai Venue, it is important for Tata Nexon to renovate itself to keep up with the pace.
The facelifted Nexon will receive new alloy wheels. Inside, the Nexon will come with new colour schemes and better material quality. Expect to see the Nexon loaded with more premium and attractive features. Under the hood, the Nexon will continue to make use of the same pair of 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol and 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engines. While power will remain the same for these units, changes will be made in order to meet the upcoming emission standard.
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